My name is
Anders Byriel.
For me, design is

strategy —

CEO, Kvadrat

Membr since 2001

Kvadrat was established in Denmark in 1968 and is the leading European supplier of contemporary high quality modern textiles and textile related products like our acoustic panels Soft Cells for both architects to specify in public spaces, and for the private consumer at home throughout the world.
Kvadrat fabrics have been used in some of the world’s most intriguing architectural developments such as the Gherkin, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles; Reichstag, Berlin; Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; Copenhagen Opera House, Denmark; Yves St. Laurent, Paris; and the new Opera House in Oslo. Kvadrat is involved in 3.000 building projects per year around the world. Kvadrat is also servicing more or less all major furniture manufacturing brands with upholstery textiles. New non-core clients are Jil Sander and BMW.

During Anders Byriel’s leadership, Kvadrat have grown from Euro 19 mill. to Euro 96 mill. in revenue. The company has gone from 2 to 24 incorporated companies and is now among the two strongest companies in the world in its industry. Kvadrat won the Wallpaper 2009 and 2010 Design Awards (Best Use of Textiles).
From 1992 to 1998 Anders Byriel had various positions in Kvadrat, being Head of Global Sales before becoming CEO. Prior to joining Kvadrat Anders Byriel was a consultant and litigant with the attorney company Thomsen, Barkholt and Vestergaard in Aarhus while earning his Masters Degree of Law from Aarhus University in 1992 (A+ for his final paper on IP protection of design work / products).
In 1996 Anders Byriel earned an Executive Masters of Business Administration (EMBA) from CBS, Copenhagen Business School. While working for Kvadrat Anders Byriel has served as chairman of the Danish Design Council 2007 – 2012 and has also been chairman of various innovative companies, such as Red Associates 2005 – 2010 (the European Ideo) and Kontrapunkt A/S 2003 – 2006 (Scandinavia’s biggest CI-company).

While working for Kvadrat Anders Byriel has served as chairman of the Danish Design Council 2007 – 2012 and has also been chairman of various innovative companies such as ReD Associates. Anders Byriel serves as vice chairman of Aarhus 2017 European Capital of Culture. He is also a member of the board of JP/Politikens Hus, one of Scandinavia’s leading media companies and a member of the board of Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, the Museum Foundation and the Louisiana Foundation (voted between the 10 most beautiful museums in the world). Kvadrat won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in mid-Denmark in 2012. Anders was ranked in the Top 20 influencers (the brightest big bosses in the interior industry) by Wallpaper* magazine in October 2015 and in November 2015 he received the Owner/CEO Of The Year Award 2015 by PricewaterhouseCoopers in Denmark. Juror in The ADI Compasso d’Oro Award, Milan 2014; AGUSTAWESTLAND & INTERNI, Milan 2014; Sculptures by the Sea, Aarhus 2013; Time to Design 2012, The Danish Art Workshops, Moroso Award for Contemporary Art 2011 – 2012.